Originally Posted by Cro_Cop
ok heres the probelm i live in a small place in New Brunswick, Canada and all we have around here for stand up fight are Tae Kwon Do and Karate they offer every style in karate....what should i take? and if karate which Style? im already taking BJJ and i Wrestle for the high school. i have a amateur record of 14-0 but my stand up is the weakest part of my game i need help thanks guys.....oh and i know Tae Kwon do is hard to adpat to mma but mark Weir does it haha(just thought i would add that)
In my experience, Tae Kwon Do clubs will spar more often (at least the WTF ones that I have experience with) than Karate clubs. I think that any kind of full contact sparring is better than no sparring. Check out both of the clubs, and ask the instructors if they do sparring, and what type of sparring is done . . . in my old club, we would do regular sparring a couple of times a week once the basic kicks were taught.
I did 5 years of Tae Kwon Do in university and competed in a few tournaments. I have been doing Muay Thai for a few months . . . much of what I already know translates across very well. Basically the main differences are that I now make contact with my shin, I keep my hands up higher when sparring, and I kick lower more often. The hip rotation in Muay Thai is the same as the one you learn in TKD, and I have found that using a chambered kick while making contact with the shin makes for a very hard and fast kick. Focus on learning the back kick, turning kick, and front push kick very well . . . these seem to me to be the most effective of the TKD kicks.